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Watch Temples Perform for KUTX Live

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During this year’s ACL Fest in Austin, UK psych quartet Temples also participated in KUTX Live event at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Watch the band perform “Sun Structures” below.

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Fred and Dinah Gretsch Receive Georgia Governor’s Award

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Governor Nathan Deal, Dinah and Fred Gretsch and Sandra Deal

Governor Nathan Deal, Dinah and Fred Gretsch and Sandra Deal

Earlier this week, Fred and Dinah Gretsch (president and CFO, respectively, of The Gretsch Company) were honored as recipients of the third annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities.

Presented by the Office of The Governor in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Humanities Council, the award recognized the Gretsches for their significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality through service to the humanities or excellence in the arts. The awards program was held at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta.

“It was a special pleasure to meet with first lady Sandra Deal,” said Fred Gretsch. “She has visited schools in every county in Georgia promoting education—and Georgia has the most counties of any state in the union. In keeping with our personal goal of ‘enriching lives through participation in music,’ we’d love to see Georgia step forward as the most musical state in the USA!”

Following the ceremony, a reception for award recipients and their guests was held in the Capitol Rotunda, where Gretsch artist “Hot Rod Walt” provided entertainment.

Hot Rod Walt

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Bring Home the Midnight Special

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In the period between American Bandstand and MTV, several shows tried to bring rock ’n’ roll to television. In the wake of Elvis Presley and the Beatles’ debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, ’60s series like Hullabaloo, Shindig and The Music Scene featured rock and pop performers. But it wasn’t until The Midnight Special premiered on August 19, 1972, that rock ’n’ roll found its own home on the air.

Fans can again enjoy this seminal, groundbreaking live music TV show with the release of The Midnight Special Collector’s Edition, a beautifully-packaged 11-disc set that includes nearly five hours of specially-produced bonus features and a 32-page collector’s book. Amazon is also offering a 6-DVD set and a single DVD version.

The Midnight Special’s eclectic lineup reflected the show’s commitment not only to rock, but also to mirroring the Top 40 melting pot of the 70s, including genres such as folk, blues, R&B, soul, country and pop. For much of the run, the show was presided over by the legendary, gravelly-voiced DJ Wolfman Jack (Brooklyn-born Bob Smith), who was recruited as a permanent announcer and made his debut in episode 2; he would go on to become the living symbol of the show and a powerful draw for performers who were more than happy to share the stage with him.

A variety of guest hosts appeared along with Wolfman Jack over the years including such ‘70s music icons as the Bee Gees, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Loggins and Messina, Richard Pryor, The O’Jays, Electric Light Orchestra, KC & the Sunshine Band, plus frequent host Helen Reddy. Viewers and members of the studio audience were treated to one-of-a-kind concert events direct from The Midnight Special stages such as Aerosmith, Earth, Wind & Fire Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Jim Croce or John Denver. Additionally, the show featured the day’s top comedic talents, such as Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin and Freddie Prinze, among many others.

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TracksAuction.com To Auction John Lennon’s Gretsch Guitar

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John Lennon

TracksAuction.com are set to auction John Lennon’s Gretsch 6120 guitar which Lennon gave to his cousin David Birch in 1967.

The Gretsch 6120 is a historically important instrument from the former Beatle’s personal collection, used and photographed during the April 1966 “Paperback Writer” session held at EMI Studio 3 at London’s Abbey Road.

Birch was given the guitar when he visited Lennon in Weybridge in November 1967. Interested in starting up a band, Birch asked his famous cousin if he had any spare guitars.

“I was just cheeky enough to ask John for one of his spare guitars,” recalled Birch.

Lennon then gifted Birch with a Gretsch 6120, serial number 53940, that he’s owned ever since.

Beatles historian and author Mark Lewisohn and Birch discuss the instrument in the video clip below.

Online bidding begins on Nov. 14 at www.TracksAuction.com, concluding with a live auction at Le Meridien Hotel in London on Nov. 23.

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Train Strips Down ‘Angel in Blue Jeans’

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San Francisco-based rock band Train offered a different take of Bulletproof Picasso lead single “Angel in Blue Jeans” when they performed on the Honda Stage, a new platform created to discover and share music.

Watch the stripped-down version in the clip below.

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